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The Resource All of the marvels : a journey to the ends of the biggest story ever told, Douglas Wolk

All of the marvels : a journey to the ends of the biggest story ever told, Douglas Wolk

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All of the marvels : a journey to the ends of the biggest story ever told
Title
All of the marvels
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a journey to the ends of the biggest story ever told
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Douglas Wolk
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Language
eng
Summary
"The first-ever full reckoning with Marvel Comics' interconnected, half-million-page story, a revelatory guide to the "epic of epics"--and to the past 60 years of American culture--from a beloved authority on the subject who read all 27,000+ Marvel superhero comics and lived to tell the tale. The superhero comic books that Marvel Comics has published since 1961 are, Douglas Wolk notes, the longest continuous, self-contained work of fiction ever created: over half a million pages to date, and growing. The Marvel story is a gigantic mountain, smack in the middle of contemporary culture. Thousands of writers and artists have contributed to it. Every schoolchild recognizes its protagonists: Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men. 18 of the 100 highest-grossing movies of all time are directly based on parts of it. And not even the people telling the story have read the whole thing--nobody's supposed to. So, of course, that's what Wolk did: he read all 27,000 comics that make up the Marvel universe thus far, from Alpha Flight to Omega the Unknown. And then he made sense of it: seeing into the ever-expanding story, in its parts and as a coherent whole, and seeing through it, as a prism through which to view the landscape of American culture. In Wolk's hands, the mammoth Marvel narrative becomes a funhouse-mirror history of the past 60 years, from the atomic night-terrors of the Cold War to the technocracy and political division of the present day--a boisterous, tragicomic, magnificently filigreed epic about power and ethics, set in a world transformed by wonders. As a work of cultural exegesis, this is sneakily significant, even a landmark; it's also ludicrously fun. Looking over close to sixty years of Marvel's comics, Wolk sees fascinating patterns -- the rise and fall of particular cultural aspirations, and of the storytelling modes that conveyed them. He observes the Marvel story's progressive visions and its painful stereotypes, its patches of woeful hackwork and stretches of luminous creativity, and the way they all feed into a potent cosmology that echoes our deepest hopes and fears. This is a huge treat for Marvel fans, but it's also a revelation for readers who don't know Doctor Strange from Doctor Doom. Here, truly, are all of the marvels"--
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Wolk, Douglas
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741.5/973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN6725
LC item number
.W64 2021
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Marvel Comics Group
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • Literature and society
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a journey to the ends of the biggest story ever told
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All of the marvels : a journey to the ends of the biggest story ever told, Douglas Wolk
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
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2021013414
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9780735222168
Lccn
2021013414
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1243032590
Label
All of the marvels : a journey to the ends of the biggest story ever told, Douglas Wolk
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2021013414
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9780735222168
Lccn
2021013414
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1243032590

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